Rustic Spring Decorating Trend 4: House Plants
Indoor gardening hasn’t been so popular since the 1970’s. There has been increasing evidence that points to the health benefits of indoor plants. Not only are they good for your physical and mental health, they can also help you relax. Beautiful blooms stimulate the release of adrenaline, which in turn helps your energy levels with a rise in oxygen flow to your brain. Plants such as Boston Ferns are also natural humidifiers as they release moisture into the air. They also clean the air. NASA scientists found English Ivy is the number one air-filtering houseplant.
Climbing plants have become incredibly popular on Pinterest according to Elle Magazines Top Design Trends for 2017.
“A plant on this list shouldn’t be surprising, considering Pantone’s Color of the Year is Greenery. Lush, flourishing vines are appearing in the form of climbing plants, which are (conveniently) nearly impossible to kill. With an increased interest of 200 percent on Pinterest, these plants are the rejuvenation your home may need after the stuffy, cold winter months.” ~ Elle Decor
The fresh, lime-green colour “Greenery” was chosen, Pantone’s vice president Laurie Pressman said, because, “there’s a growing desire to reconnect with Nature and what is real, and find ways to disconnect from technology. We need a break. We need to stop and breathe”.
It’s easy to create an indoor garden by using pots of varying sizes and shapes. Add interest to a tabletop by grouping mix-and-match pots filled with plants of different sizes. You can also add personality to the house by adding hanging planters and plant stands.
Easy Ways to Update Your Home for Spring
Country Living Magazine asked designers how they refresh their homes for Spring – and here a few of my favorite suggestions:
- Update your pillows. “While fabrics such as velvet, silk, and even tweed are beautiful year-round, they can feel a bit heavy for the spring and summer months. It’s easy to give your home frequent updates by having a “pillow wardrobe” for various seasons, just like you do for your clothing. Spring is a great time of year to bring in pillows in breezy fabrics like linen or printed cotton to lighten things up a bit.” —Paloma Contreras
- Refresh your bedding. “Welcome spring and treat yourself! Pick up a new duvet and shams to brighten up your bedroom. This easy fix not only brings color to your room but can help motivate you to make your bed each and every day!” —Ryan White
- Use foliage. “I like to freshen things up when springtime rolls around with big statement leaves in fun vases. From banana leaves and philodendron leaves, to palms and papyrus, it’s an easy and low-maintenance way to add a freshness to a room without any fuss. And if you regularly refresh the water and trim the bottom of the stem, the leaves can live on for months.” —Justina Blakeney
- Add some color. “Colorful accessories are always an easy update for spring. Affordable vases, interesting objects, and colorful books brighten any coffee table or entry console in minutes. Bold agate accents, gold-leaf pieces, and fashion books are my favorites when accessorizing my own home.” —Abbe Fenimore
- Keep it simple. “Spring is a time when we all want the freshness of the outdoors to be reflected in ourselves and our interiors. Renewal doesn’t mean you have to change everything in your home. Send out area rugs for spring cleaning and try having bare floors for a time. Remove your usual accessories for a while and have only simple fresh spring branches and some lovely green plants adorning your home. You’ll feel like you are being reborn along with the natural world.” —Young Huh
- Bring in new scents. “Change your candles for a fresh breezy laundry scent or something citrusy. I always keep my Buckingham Interiors + Design Showroom stocked with wonderful seasonal scents.” —Julia Buckingham
- Add a new statement piece. “Refreshing a room for spring can be quite easy. Subtle changes such as introducing a playful light fixture or buying a piece of art are simple and can instantly rejuvenate a space.” —Sara Story
Courtesy of Country Living Magazine
Quotes by Top Designers for Amara
Amara, an luxury gifts and designer home-ware store, asked top designers for their thoughts on design trends for 2017. Here are a few that relate to incorporating elements of nature:
“In 2017 people will display a more conscientious approach to consumerism, preferring more quality solutions and natural materials. Plants are going to be the must-have decoration for the house and they will inspire the colour palette for wall paint together with Africa (ochre, rust, burgundy). Wood will be widely used, counterbalanced by materials like marble and plexiglass. The Nineties are back with velvet, geometric shapes and tartans.” ~ Elena Giavarini – Plus Deco Blog
“In contrast to the perfect finishes, hi-gloss and super shiny metallics that were ubiquitous this year, 2017 will welcome some deconstructed luxe. Think exposed brickwork, the use of cement and blown plaster finishes, the pairing of metals with raw, natural materials such as cork, wood and clay. This first-fix aesthetic combines relaxed edges with a nod to industrialism.” ~ Fiona Crisp – Styleophile UK
“Recently we all are experiencing a growing desire to reconnect with nature. The Pantone choice for Colour of the Year 2017 confirmed it too. I expect this feeling to coincide with our design and home decor in 2017. Expect to see a lot of wood as a main material, but perhaps with a super smooth finish. Combine this with white and metallic details and these materials are the ones to watch next year.” ~
Alessandra Barlassina – Gucki
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